Sacramental Preparation

A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.



Baptisms were permitted to resume from the 17th May 2021.  We are scheduling baptisms in the order in which the applications were submitted.

Baptisms take place during the Saturday 10.00am or Sunday11.30am mass.  The capacity of the church has been reduced from 320 to 80, allowing us to maintain a gap of 1.5m – 2m between attendees.  Further details are provided on application.

Applicants must have used a registration welcome pack from the lobby of the church to register as parishioners, and be practising in this parish.

Baptism application forms are available in the lobby and in the FORMS section beneath ‘Sacramental Preparation‘ on the left of this web page.



Applications are now closed.  Parents and guardians have been contacted regarding how the programme will proceed this year in view of the current pandemic situation.

Children must live within the boundaries of Osterley parish (details of boundaries are on the website).  Courses are open to those who have used a registration pack from the lobby of the church to register as parishioners, and who practice regularly in this parish.

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The course to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation in the parish of St Vincent de Paul Osterley is for young people who are in Year 9 or above of secondary education, and who are registered members of the parish.

PROGRAMMEYoung people in the Parish of St Vincent de Paul Osterley will be prepared for their Confirmation as follows.

Young People in Year 9 or above in September 2020.  Preparation between September 2021 and December 2021. Date of Confirmation to be confirmed in due course.

Young People in Year 9 or above in September 2021. Preparation between January and April 2022.  The date of Confirmation will be confirmed in due course



Marriages require a 6 months notice period.  Please contact the Parish Priest for an appointment.

Currently wedding ceremonies can take place with up to 30 people (anyone working is not included as one of the 30).



Currently up to 80 attendees are permitted based on the covid-secure capacity of our church.  Anyone working is not included as part of the 80 person limit.  For further Government guidelines go to COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.


THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA):  This is a process whereby those who are interested can find out what the Catholic Church teaches with a view to becoming a Catholic.  If you know of anyone who would like to come to the introductory sessions, please encourage them to call Joan on 079 80125685.